TECH BYTE #1: Tech during play dates, hangouts, and sleepovers
When planning a social get-together for your child, we recommend you think ahead about guidelines for electronic devices and media content. Many parents don’t consider this ahead of time and report problems after; others say they feel awkward or unsure in terms of how to approach the conversation proactively. Here are a few examples, to help you think ahead:
I’m so happy our kids will have this time together! We won’t be sending our child with any tech devices; we want the kids to keep this time screen-free. Will that plan work for you and your child as well?
We’ll play DJ and give them some background music, but other than that, we’ll keep it tech free.
30 minutes of video games are ok if the weather is crummy, but we don’t want our child to have more screen time to that.
In our home, we collect and turn off devices by __pm. If you need to reach your child after that, feel free to contact me at _ _ _ - _ _ _ _.
My child has had plenty of time with their tech device, but not enough time socializing with friends! Can we plan for this to be a tech-free hangout?
You may find the other parent/guardian is relieved or grateful that you brought it up! For more tech-talk prompts, check out this resource.